FAQ

Why build a levee?

  • St. John is continually threatened by hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Hurricanes Isaac, Gustav and Ike fully exposed our vulnerability to flooding and tidal
  • surges and the Great Flood of 2016 threatened the homes and businesses of our
  • residents.
  • After more than 40 years in the study phase, the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain
  • Hurricane Risk Reduction Project received Congressional authorization to move the
  • project forward in December of 2016.

How much is the levee project anticipated to cost?

The projected cost of the levee is $718 million which includes earthen levees, flood walls and pump stations. St. John’s cost-share is $50 million, with annual maintenance costs of $5 million.

How much will I have to pay with the passage of this ad valorem tax?

This election will address taxation for a period of thirty (30) years for the purpose of paying any costs associated with construction, acquiring, maintaining, operating, extending and/or improving levees, facilities and structures associated with outer flood protection systems within the Parish.

An additional 7 mils will cost St. John property owners only $1.50 to $13.12 more per month for homes valued from $100,000 to $300,000 and only $18.95 to $53.95 per month for homes valued from $400,000 to $1,000,000.

What are the benefits of constructing a levee system?

  • Flood protection for homes and businesses
  • Economic development and growth in areas previously prone to flooding
  • Reduced or stable flood insurance rates
  • Will my flood insurance rates decrease?
  • Flood insurance rates remain steady or reduce

When will the Parish begin collecting the new tax if passed?

January 2018

What happens to the money collected if the project is not ultimately federally funded?

The money collected will be dedicated to flood protection costs including building levees and structures associated with flood protection systems not limited to the Westshore Lake Pontchartrain Levee Project

Why didn’t we use another means of funding instead of a tax, such as increasing sales tax or utilizing 2015 Bond Issue monies?

Due to the sales tax already being at the highest rate possible in St. John Parish, further increasing sales tax would have had to been approved by the Louisiana Legislation in a special session. Bonds from the 2009 and 2015 Bond Issues have already been allocated to certain projects.

When is the last day to register to vote?

The last day to register to vote in person or by mail for the Spring Municipal General Election is March 29, 2017

Visit www.sos.la.gov to register or pick up a mail in ballot at the Registrar of Voters offices (Percy Hebert Building/Edgard Courthouse)

When is early voting?

Early voting is April 15-22, 2017 (except for Sunday, April 16, 2017)
8:30 am – 6 pm, at the Registrar of Voters offices
(Percy Hebert Building and Edgard Courthouse)

When is Election Day?

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Polls will be open from 6 am – 9 pm Parishwide

Where can I find additional information?

  • St. John Website – www.sjbparish.com
  • Facebook – St. John Parish@sjbparish
  • Twitter – @Sjbpgov
  • Government Access Channel
  • (RTC/COMCAST 15/ U-VERSE99)